Broken Things

Life is full of broken things.

As I survey the broken things around me, I begin to wonder...what do I do with broken things? Do I gather up the pieces and try to repair? Toss and replace? Cast aside and ignore?

With the broken glass, the answer was easy. I tossed it. I'm not a fixer, so tossing is my first instinct with broken things. But what do I do with something more valuable...with broken relationships? A broken heart? A broken me? 

I love these words from my new favorite book:
"That which which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave." {Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, page 22}
Embracing brokenness isn't easy. Is all this brokenness really worth it? My mind wanders to my favorite pieces of sea glass {collected off the coast of Maine}.

Broken made beautiful.

These perfect-shades-of-blue weren't always beautiful. And they weren't always nestled in a safe and comfortable spot. To become beautiful, they were smashed against the rocky coast, tossed by the ocean's waves and bristled by the course Maine sand. Ouch.

But God makes broken things beautiful. And when brokenness hurts, He nestles in especially close {Psalm 34:18}.

Am I willing to be a broken thing? Am I willing to fall apart, to let the sharp edges be smoothed and made into something beautiful...more whole, more free, more alive and ultimately...more like Him?

YES. Ouch, but YES.

P.S. Can't get enough of this song lately. An upbeat remake of an old hymn. Enjoy!

{God Be Merciful To Me by Jars of Clay}


  1. So wonderful! Love what you wrote. I enjoy Ann Voskamp's website : ) She is coming to my area in the Fall! Maybe I will meet her!
    Tammy : )

  2. Awesome post - thanks for sharing.

  3. lovely post. well worded. I need to get back to reading that book!

  4. Beautiful post Linsey! Embracing brokenness. Letting those sharp edges be smoothed. YES!

  5. My daughter broke a bottle of perfume this morning. It is so difficult picking up the pieces. Just when you think you've gotten them all, one could still be hiding. I don't know about you, but I worry about that missing piece and if I'll ever step on it.

    I love your comparison to the beach glass and will think of that every time I pick up a piece of it. Funny that sometimes I throw a piece back into the ocean if it isn't soft enough yet. I wonder if God checks our edges too.

    Beautiful post, but I am sorry about that broken cup - it was cute!

  6. i have that book too. i got through the first chapter and then got distracted. she writes so beautifully it actually hurts to read it...does that make sense? love your analogy. spoke to my heart this morning. thank you!

  7. Megan, that bit you write about the missing piece...YES! I've overlooked that missing sharp piece at times, and it HURTS when you step on it unexpectedly. That's why I'm willing to let God gather the pieces and do the mending this time. :) And yes, I do think he lovingly "throws us back into the ocean" at times...just like we do with sea glass...knowing what we'll become with a little more tumbling.


  8. I am with Becky..it hurts to read it. I had a hard time with it. I read in spurts with so much underlining and such..like you:) It is a treasure. One I will always keep close. broken things..that is so deep..it hurts. To open oneself to Him. Completely..and wanting to be made whole..His way - not my way. I'm so thankful today for these handful of dear dear soul sisters that blogging has brought into my life. I am going to listen to this song now..love you today:)

  9. Linsey,
    LoVe, LoVe, LoVe this post! I am still reading Ann's book... I had to put it down for a few weeks just because work has been so busy... But am looking forward to picking it back up in a week or so because I have a plan...
    Wishing you a beautiful day!!!
    XoXxo amy boland

  10. I admire the positivity that your post shares. Broken things made beautiful -- lovely!

  11. love this post....so,so,so true.

    Am I willing to be a broken thing? Am I willing to fall apart, to let the sharp edges be smoothed and made into something beautiful...more whole, more free, more alive and ultimately...more like Him?

    favorite part!~

  12. Lovely, lovely post. Thank you :o)

  13. Hi Linsey,
    I saw your comments on my blog and had to come tell you that I read your blog everyday! I love your inspirational posts. I did want to make it for the kitchen chat and am sorry I missed it!


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